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National Football League to Host 3rd Annual Madden NFL x HBCU Tournament 2022

The National Football League today announced registration is now open for the third annual EA SPORTS™ Madden NFL x HBCU Tournament designed to reach students attending Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) that have a passion for gaming and football.

This year’s tournament is intended to maintain the tradition of providing students at HBCUs a chance to not only compete but to learn the intricacies of the business of sports through practical learning and job shadowing experiences at the NFL, during Super Bowl LVII week in Glendale, Arizona.

Last year, HBCU student player participation tripled from the previous year and the NFL is focused on even greater participation this year by adding additional online qualifiers and a women’s bracket to reflect the growing segment of women gamers.

This would be the first-ever women’s bracket for an EA or Madden tournament, and it is open for anyone to opt-in to play.

“We look forward to inviting back players to the Madden NFL x HBCU tournament, which has become an incredible platform for students to compete in their favourite video game while learning the business of sports at the NFL’s largest event,” said Ed Kiang, VP of Video Gaming at the NFL.

“We are proud to expand participation through the first-ever women’s bracket and are thrilled to see so many new and returning partners joining this exciting program.”

Arthur McAfee, SVP of Football Operations at the NFL also stated, “We hope the participating students in the Madden NFL 23 x HBCU Tournament can use this experience to further shape their career perspectives in the sports and gaming industry.”


All registered students will receive a chance to compete in one of several online qualifiers offered with the top fourteen finalists advancing to the live finals broadcasted from Glendale, AZ, home of Super Bowl LVII.

Additionally, over $70,000 in cash, travel and prizes will be awarded from the NFL and NFL partners including STARTER (G-III Apparel Group), New Era Cap LLC, FANATICS, SOAR, Igloo Products Corp., Zipchair, Fan Creations, Sporticulture, Rico Industries, Inc., and Zippo.

Online Qualifier Schedule:

  • October 15 – Kickoff Qualifier
  • October 20
  • October 23 – Women’s Bracket
  • October 27
  • November 5
  • November 11
  • November 13

Also, for the second year in a row, the NFL partnered with GCN (Gaming Community Network), a GameSquare Esports company that will be managing the marketing, qualifiers, registration, online tournament execution, and broadcast.

The finals will air on the NFL YouTube channel Saturday, February 11, 2023, at 3 p.m. ET.

For more information about the Madden NFL 23 x HBCU Tournament, visit HBCUTournament.NFL.com.